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KNOLL AND BLACK TEAM UP FOR INDY

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Evan Knoll and Ken Black
have something huge planned for the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Labor Day Weekend. And our brave
military personnel, as well as their families, will be the beneficiaries.

Knoll and Black are joining forces to adorn
the Top Fuel Dragster driven by Hillary Will with a special “Support Our Troops And Their
Families” paint scheme. The two say the perfect time to convey such a
message is at the largest drag race of the year in the United States.

 

Knoll currently sponsors a
dragster driven by Melanie Troxel that honors the War Veterans and the National
League of POW-MIA families. He’s joining Black in this program which supports today’s
military, and says he's the perfect man to partner with.

 

SCHUMACHER ON LARRY KING LIVE

Tony Schumacher has
learned the secret for a drag racer to be featured on CNN’s Larry King Live. One
must survive a horrific crash and live to tell about it.

With the recent horrific
crash of IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti and Jake Brown’s 45-foot skateboard
fall during the X Games, Schumacher was invited to share his experiences with
high speed mishaps.

Give credit to Schumacher’s
ace pr rep Chris Dorato for interjecting Schumacher and drag racing into the
mix.

“I like Larry King more
than most because it isn’t a disrespectful show,” Schumacher said. “The real
question is how we pull this off. It won’t be a mockery of the sports we
compete in. That’s the reason I chose to do it.”

ABRUZZI WINS MOSER AXLE MANIA

Marco Abruzzi took home $22,500 this past weekend when he defeated
Scotty Stillings in the final round of the Moser Axle Mania, the
biggest sportsman program of the year.

“I
have had the good fortune at winning some big races in my career. But this by
far takes the cake. Thank you so much to everyone at Moser Engineering and IHRA
for making this race possible,” said Abruzzi. “My
Camaro was just unreal this weekend. It was really impressive to watch a McAmis
car win the Pro Mod Shootout and then the Moser Axle Mania race,” Abruzzi said.
“I definitely want to thank everyone at Summit Racing Equipment for their
continued support, my crew and family, as well as the customers of Abruzzi
Racing Transmissions.”

FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN, FORD STYLE

Fifteen years has provided a lot of memories for Ford enthusiasts at
Bristol, but the sixteenth edition this year may have topped them all.
With some close heads up racing, dramatic story lines and fresh faces
in the Winner’s Circle, this will surely go down as one of the more
memorable events of the year.

SCELZI WEIGHS IN; SCHUMACHER CLARIFIES

After originally stating that Todd Okahara would replace Mike Neff as the tuner for Gary Scelzi and Phil Shuler would assume the sole duties as crew chief on Jack Beckman's entry, Don Schumacher has revised his plan to ensure both cars will be tuned by both. Mike Neff will remain in an advisory role. 

"Mike Neff is an extremely talented crew chief, and everyone of us at Don
Schumacher Racing wishes him well next season in his new position," said
Schumacher. "The entire DSR operation is filled with capable and talented people
and my goal is - and always has been - to promote from within the team.
Therefore, I prefer not to seek a new crew chief from outside the organization
to replace Neff.

"Todd and Phil have already demonstrated their
tremendous expertise this season by tuning the MTS Dodge and driver Jack Beckman
into one of the hottest combinations in the Funny Car class," added Schumacher.
It started back at the end of 2006, when Funny Car rookie Beckman, after joining
DSR for the last five races of the season, set both the national elapsed-time
and top speed records, qualified No. 1 once, and won once after reaching two
final rounds.

GENE WILSON - #18 MMPS ALL-TIME

Gene Wilson envisioned that one day he’d run the mountain motor Pro Stock
division. What he didn’t envision was winning a championship and beating Pro
Stock legend Bob Glidden’s single-season win record.
 
Driving Charlie Hunt’s Mercury Cougar, Wilson captured the
2001 championship by winning seven IHRA national event titles. Of the ten
events, Wilson was in the finals of eight.
 
Wilson was a fan of the big motors, and even though he no
longer drives he still keeps tabs.
 
“I got my start running Pro Stock in the IHRA and really
enjoyed my time doing it,” Wilson said. “There is something special about the
class and the people involved in it. I enjoyed those big motors. I really
enjoyed driving those cars. They represented what a man could do with a big
engine. I miss driving them. They were super fun to drive.”

JOHN NOBILE - #19 MMPS ALL-TIME

John Nobile will be the first to admit that he never dominated the IHRA mountain
motor style of Pro Stock but he definitely let people know that he was
there.
 
In the early days of his Pro Stock career, the 49-year-old
Nobile split his time and attention between the NHRA, with its 500-cubic-inch
engines, and the IHRA, where the huge 800-plus powerplants, the infamous
mountain motors, ruled the two-lane quarter-mile.  
 
“I started racing Pro Stock in the mid-1980s, and for years I
raced in both NHRA and IHRA, but that got to be pretty hectic,” Nobile said. “In
1996 I was No. 2 in IHRA championship points, and I ran a limited schedule over
there the next season, but after that I went NHRA racing for five seasons. I
actually did pretty good in NHRA during that time. In fact, in 2000 Dodge picked
us up and gave us a full sponsorship deal.

GLIDDEN RETURNS

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has confirmed with Bob Glidden that he's
returned in a consultant role with Dick Maskin and the Justin Humphreys
Pro Stocker.

FOLEY COMMITS TO NHRA

The absence of the Foley & Lewis team at IHRA events has been very
noticeable. Today comes word the team intends to pursue regular status
on the NHRA POWERade tour. When Doug Foley was a no-show for Grand
Bend, the speculation swirled.

Doug Foley said, “We have been negotiating for a while with our
sponsor, Evan Knoll and Torco, in order to be able to run full-time on
the NHRA POWERade circuit. Our skipping the Grand Bend race was already
in the works and really had no bearing on our future plans

The Foley & Lewis team has run a limited amount of NHRA races so
far this year and have proven themselves quite well with two semi-final
round finishes along with qualifying at each event attended after the
Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals in Pomona. It was then when
crew chief Doug Kuch returned to the team after a short hiatus. His
stay since that time has resulted in consistent qualifying performances
that have translated into round wins during Sunday eliminations.

FULLER AND FORCE IN THE BULLRING

NHRA Top Fuel points leader and Las Vegas resident Rod Fuller will join 14-time
NHRA Funny Car champion John Force in an autograph session at the Bullring at
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Wednesday (Aug. 8) evening from 6-7 p.m.

 

Fuller, who has five Top Fuel wins to his
credit, will join Force at the Bullring’s autograph table beneath the main
grandstands before they head to the next NHRA event in Brainerd, Minn., Aug. 9-12.

 

“It’s the old bull joined by the new
bull,” Fuller joked. “I told John (Force) it’s the changing of the guard in the
staging lanes at Sonoma (Calif.). It’s my hometown
and I’ve been to the bull ring a few times. I enjoy going out there. It’s always
good to see the Las
Vegas race fans on a non-race weekend.”

 

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